Feb 5, 2013 6:30pm PST
is no reason that the jobs of thousands of americans who work in national security or education or clean energy, not to mention the growth of the entire economy, should be put in jeopardy just because folks in washington couldn't come together to eliminate a few special interest tax loopholes. >> reporter: republicans dismissed the calls for more tax increases, and many argue the threat of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester are the only way to force democrats to accept more spending cuts. but their leverage may be limited. >> i think we will have the sequester for a short period of time, probably until the first civilian employee of the government is furloughed, which might take about a week. and then, that pain may be enough to cause the people on capitol hill and the president to come to some sort of rational deal. >> reporter: the short-term budget fight comes as the medium-term outlook for federal red ink is improving. the congressional budget office figures the deficit will come in at $845 billion this year, the first deficit under $1 trillion since 2008. that'
Feb 1, 2013 6:30pm PST
forward. this week lou's been thinking about shoes. here's author and educator lou heckler. >> the carolina panthers has had a so-so season despite having a top wide receiver in steve smith. smith has had a bit of a checkered career off the field, fighting with teammates in fact, but his athleticism and grace on the field are unmatched. now, he's gaining attention for his shoes. as he has been counseled about his bouts with anger, he has been encouraged to reach out to others instead of boiling over at them. one of the things he decided to do is to donate shoes to people who have none, and he has embraced this with the same enthusiasm that he has catching a football. plus, as a symbol of his commitment he removes his football shoes after every game and leaves them there on the field. someone gets a nice par of athletic shoes and a wonderful souvenir. it got me thinking, do i pay lip service to helping others, or am i really committed to a cause? like most of you, i have been blessed in many, many ways. i'm planning on making this year a year where i truly show my gratitude with bla
Feb 8, 2013 7:00pm EST
lou's been thinking about overnight success. here's author and educator lou heckler. >> one of the things i love about sharing these moments with you is that it is for me a return to public television. i started working in public tv in 1966 at the university of north carolina at chapel hill. i was very fortunate: the station did two 15-minute newscasts every weekday and i was chosen as one of the anchormen. by the time i left school, i had aired more than a thousand newscasts. over the next dozen or so years, i worked at three commercial stations in three states and then started a speaking, writing and coaching business in 1980. i always hoped to get a chance to be on national television. now, more than a few years later, here i am-- an overnight success! and, that brings me to "angry birds." this silly little video game is almost addictive. it's fun, it's easy to get started, and it is also the 52nd product created by a scandinavian company called rovio. 52nd! not all of us can create a success like "angry birds." what we can do is follow the advice of retired general colin powell